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Retinal implant Restores Partial Sight to Previously Blind Patients

March 1st, 2013

mature-woman-smilingIn exciting news, patients in a clinical trial were able to regain part of their vision through retinal implants.

The previous blind participants suffered from the heriditary disease of retinitis pigmentosa which affects the light sensitive cells in the eyes. The tiny 3mm x 3mm chip was implanted in the eye and turns the incoming light rays into eletrical pulses which send information to the optic nerve.

While the patients’ vision wasn’t completely restored, for many it was enough to be useful in everyday life.

For more about this research development you can read the whole story online on the Guardian website.

The research team led by Eberhart Zrenner at the University Eye Hospital in Tübingen, Germany,

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